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Change They Can't Believe InThe Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America$
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Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163611

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163611.001.0001

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Can You Hear Us Now? Why Republicans Are Listening to the Tea Party

Can You Hear Us Now? Why Republicans Are Listening to the Tea Party

(p.218) 6 Can You Hear Us Now? Why Republicans Are Listening to the Tea Party
Change They Can't Believe In

Christopher S. Parker

Matt A. Barreto

Princeton University Press

This chapter evaluates the proposition that the Tea Party promotes political mobilization beyond other factors known to promote activism. It appears as though the Tea Party and its supporters have the potential to convert their sentiments into public policy. The principal vehicle for doing this is through political mobilization, pressuring public officials to represent one's interests. Social movements exist not just to bring attention to their issue, but also to capture the attention of public officials, often by promising to elect or eject from office key allies and opponents. Based on their activism and political success in 2010, the Tea Party appears to be the most recent exemplar of the type of social movement capable of sparking political participation.

Keywords:   Tea Party, political mobilization, activism, social movements, public policy

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